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Nothing in Central African Republic is fancy. However, an opportunity to experience the central African jungle is very worth taking. The owners know the area and how to get things done in this difficult environment. The rooms are adequate, the food is good and the...More
For those with little time to read: absolutely go to Dzanga Sangha National Park and stay at Dzanga Sangha Lodge. It’s a wonderful experience you won’t regret.
For everybody else, there are usually these three questions:
1. Is it safe?
2. How do I get...More
Dzanga Sangha NP has long been on my list and now that I've been there I can tell without any hesitation, that it truly is one of the wonders of this world. At Dzanga Bai you are guaranteed to see hundreds of elephants watching them...More
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Response from Rod C, Owner at Sangha LodgeResponded October 28, 2017
Thanks Andreas, well next time you will spend more time..... I have been here 9 years and I am still not bored.
Where can I even start with this one?
If you are looking for WILD... this is where you will find WILD. There are no other words to express this place but just pure WILD. If you're interested in birds, mammals, or just want to experience...More
Sangha Lodge is one of the best places I have stayed anywhere in the world, it will make your trip to this remote corner of central Africa.
Set in a small forest clearing in the heart of virgin rainforest, the lodges are beautifully bucolic hardwood...More
Dzanga Sangha and Sangha Lodge are perfectly safe to travel too, despite what government travel warning will advise. Travel warnings are always going to be a problem for anyone working on conservation based tourism programs... More
Dzanga Sangha and Sangha Lodge are perfectly safe to travel too, despite what government travel warning will advise. Travel warnings are always going to be a problem for anyone working on conservation based tourism programs in Africa, and the well meaning warnings of governments worldwide are often exaggerated to cover any eventuality.
Sadly the Central African Republic is no exception to this. The travel Warnings for this country are serious, and for the most part relevant. The country to the north and east of the Capital Bangui is lawless and politically unstable. Factions of the Seleka rebel movement still cause major issues in these regions.
The South and west of the country however is different and there have never been any incidents of crime or violence against foreigners in this area, even during the height of the war. Dzanga Sangha is in the extreme South West of the country, isolated from the rest of the country by poor roads and huge distances. The distance from Dzanga Sangha to the trouble hotspots of the north and west is in the thousands of kms.... That is around 2800 kms to the east and 2500 kms to the north, so any chance of this violence reaching the south east is very slim.
Recent visitors for R&R time to Sangha Lodge include Members of the American Embassy staff including the Ambassador, The German Ambassador, The French Ambassador, many members of different UN agencies and NGO’s including Unicef, the UN forces, Unesco, ICRC, and MSF.
So while government websites blanket the country with a single travel warning, they allow their own staff to travel to this area in the south west. This area is safe!
This trip is planned with charter flights in and out of Dzanga sangha, this makes the journey even less of a challenge than most of the ex-pats visiting by road from Bangui.
I hope this helps you understand more about the region, and the travel problems, and do hope that you can make it up here. Conservation in this area cannot survive without tourism and the area has so much to offer, THIS IS THE LAST FRONTIER, The last remaining totally unspoiled Africa and worth taking the time to visit.